On writing : a memoir of the craft

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New York : Scribner, 2000.


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New York : Scribner, 2000.
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288 pages ; 23 cm
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Level 7.4, 13 Points
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In 1999, Stephen King began to write about his craft--and his life. The first third of the book contains King's memoir, which includes heartfelt tidbits about his brother, mother and his long battles with alcohol and drug addiction. The second part of the book, "On Writing," is where aspiring novelists might find inspiration. King describes the symbolism in many of his novels and offers writers common sense advice. He presents his taboos of writing: adverbs (especially those in dialog) and the passive voice. He describes his writer's toolbox, including examples of both good and bad writing, sometimes taken from his own work, sometimes taken from other writers. He also describes his approach to research. King concludes by including a list of nearly a hundred novels that he considers the best that he's read in the last three or four years.

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

King, S. (2000). On writing: a memoir of the craft . Scribner.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

King, Stephen, 1947-. 2000. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. Scribner.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities (Notes and Bibliography) Citation, 17th Edition (style guide)

King, Stephen, 1947-. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Scribner, 2000.

MLA Citation, 9th Edition (style guide)

King, Stephen. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft Scribner, 2000.

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